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Who would have thought a simple Bengali girl living in Muzaffarnagar could make her dreams come true? My story is one of hope and courage. If I can do it, anyone can!
Who would have thought a simple Bengali girl living in Muzaffarnagar could make her dreams come true? My story is one of hope and courage.
I lost my job due to covid and did not know how to support my family. That is presecisly when the idea of ‘Bengali Love Café’ struck me. Not only did I build a new identity for myself, but also gave my 67-year-old mother self-esteem and dignity.
I started my business with the help of my mother and roped in more women who needed a livelihood during such unprecedented times.
I started with the idea of a tiffin service to support my family financially. I began with distributing leaflets in and around my locality with the hope of getting customers for my tiffin service. My mother Deepa Guha’s culinary skills worked magic, and I was able to scale into a café soon.
All my raw materials are directly imported from Kolkata. The best part is that my suppliers in Kolkata are also women!!
My efforts culminated into a beautiful café that caters to over 200 people daily and earns a revenue of two lakh Indian rupees a month.
Even now, after such a good response and colossal demand, my mother prepares all the delicacies and I’ve never heard her complain. We have hired women to help us with other things like peeling, cleaning, chopping, and arranging.
Once my business started getting a steady customer response, I decided to convert it into a cloud kitchen. We registered Bengali Love Café with Zomato and began receiving orders online from 15th January 2020. After which, I also partnered with Swiggy, Magic Pin, India Mart, and Dunzo to make sure that my product reached more people.
I also began supplying cooking raw materials like spices from Kolkata, used explicitly in Bengali cuisine, to people who need them. My vertical, Groceries on wheels, which was set up in May 2020 has been performing exponentially.
Then my dream came true! A little after the success of my cloud kitchen, my mother and I rented a small space to open an outlet and launched it in May 2020. Our very own walk-in café!!
We offer over 50 Bengali delicacies that include main meals like luchi chicken curry, snacks like Kolkata jhaal muri and combo meals including doi maach combo to name a few dishes. The best part is that we also provide traditional ‘Bengali bhog’ items and seasonal sweets.
Like I mentioned we do the cooking ourselves and have hired women to help us run the café.
We offered jobs to around 30 women in the neighbourhood. Like my mother, these were homemakers with no exposure to the business. But with some assistance, they can now earn more money.
I am proud of starting a business with no seed money or help from anyone and scaling it to a commendable level.
I have set up a Bengali Love Café Foundation to help people in need by providing them with free meals and fruits.
We not only feel empowered but have also set a benchmark of empathy helping the underprivileged and the women in need.
If I can do it then anyone can!
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I am Sakshi Guha the founder and owner of one of the most popular food-tech companies – Bengali Love Café ,founded in the year 2020.
After completing my MA, Muzaffarnagar-born Ms Sakshi Guha went read more...
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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